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Questions tagged [horse-racing]

Questions about the sport of horse racing, an equestrian sport in which riders race horses around a predefined course.

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Does handicapping really do what it claims?

I have heard many times that the idea of horse race handicapping is that the handicapper aims to arrange that all the horses cross the finish line at the same time. But I am a little bit sceptical ...
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Win-Place-Show in Horse Racing

Horse racing (such as the Kentucky Derby) results usually contains the terms Win, Place, and Show, with the horse associated with each term. What is win, place, and show, and what significance does ...
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Who are the other horses and riders alongside Americah Pharoah?

Both before and after the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, I noticed that the horses and jockeys were accompanied by men wearing red vests over white shirts, who were also on horses. They first led the ...
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What do these horse racing terms mean?

What does it mean if a horse race is described as: Hcap, HCap Hrd, Mdn Stks, Nov Hrd, Beg Chs, Listed, INHF, Sell Stks
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How do bookies calculate parimutuel place odds (in horse racing) shown before a race starts?

For horse racing, betting sites show win and place odds for parimutuel pools before a race starts. In my understanding, calculating place odds requires knowing which runners place, as explained here: ...
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How to calculate the far and near price of betfair?

The documentation on Betfair for calculating near and far prices is quite brief. Could anyone here provide me with a worked example of how to calculate the far and near price for this data from ...
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Has a horse ever crossed the finish line first without a jockey?

At the 2019 Preakness Stakes, jockey John Velazquez fell off his horse Bodexpress at the start of the race, but Bodexpress continued to finish the race. Officially Bodexpress received a "DNF" (Did ...
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Kentucky Derby vs. Royal Ascot vs. Dubai World Cup

What's the relationship between the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot horse races? The Dubai World Cup? Although some horses do, over the course of their careers, compete in all three, it seems rare ...
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What does “dividend” mean in the context of betting?

For example: Tote - The organisation appointed to receive bets and supply dividends in proportion to the amount of the investment. A body in the UK set up to operate pool-betting on all racecourses....
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shortest odds in a top-class horse race

In his final non-walkover race, the 150 Guineas at Newmarket in 1770, the undefeated Eclipse was offered odds of 1/70. These odds seem remarkable. Are there prominent examples of shorter odds in top-...
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Database of horse racing results?

Is there such a thing as a worldwide repository of horse racing results? I have looked around but only found sites that specialise in one or two countries at most (e,g, proform racing for UK and ...
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Why is it so hard for a horse to win the triple crown?

Why is it tough for a horse to run three ~1 mile races within 5 weeks to win the triple crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont)? Perhaps I don't understand horse physiology verse human physiology ...
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How many horses are allowed to run a single race?

What is the maximum number of horses permitted to run a race in the United Kingdom? Is it different in the USA, or Australia?
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If horses can win without their jockeys, why have a jockey at all?

In the Palio di Siena, the winner of the race is the horse, even if it crosses the finish line without its rider: On the dangerous, steeply canted track, the riders are allowed to use their whips (...